Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted
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I am the proud mom to 6 kids: Natasha, 24, Nikolai, 20, Reese, 20, Maylee, 14, Erik, 10 and Violet, 7. The kids come from Russia, Ukraine and China; I'm so proud of my family sometimes I think I'll burst and I needed an outlet for it - so I've created this weblog. :o)
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Thursday, August 13, 2009
This seems to be a favorite activity in Erik's room. Hanging on/leaning over/chewing on the "pen" walls. Their room is designed to have a "big" area with linoleum that is open and unobstructed. Lena sits in a stroller along one wall, the TV is in the center of the same wall, and Dima sits in a plastic chair or stands in a standing table along a "pen". It's like a huge playpen. There is a swing and a ballpit in there, that never seem to be used, ever. The kids mostly lie on the padded floor or hang out on the railing. I wonder how much paint Erik has injested in his 5 years there?? There are very few "loose" toys in the "pen", and precious little to do. We did one day see the caregivers have Denis and Erik in a walker and let them walk around on the linoleum, which was great, but I think that is a rarity. I wonder how Erik will like his bedroom with all of the cabinets and drawers full of toys to explore and the freedom to come and go as he pleases?? :o)

These pictures are reversed. They are of Mark bringing Erik back to his room after a visit. After SO MANY trips up and down these stairs and down this hallway, I had to get pictures. :o) Plus, I just like to take pictures.


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Anonymous said...

You should see the pics that DON'T GO UP HERE... UGGHHH... I have to wait until Missy is asleep - then SNEAK out and delete pictures... GEESHHH...

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